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Box Elder crash and subsequent death investigation

Thursday February 23, 2023

On Wednesday, February 22, 2023, at approximately 1:30 am, Troopers were dispatched to a single-vehicle crash southbound on SR-13 at milepost 16. Due to the severe weather in this area, driving conditions were slick with low visibility. The vehicle reportedly slid off the road into a ditch.  It was also reported that no occupants were found at the scene. Troopers arrived to find an unoccupied 2018 Honda Civic in a ditch with minimal damage. Troopers were unable to locate a driver at the crash location. 

During the crash investigation, Troopers contacted the vehicle’s registered owner and arranged for it to be towed at their request.  A family member confirmed that Samuel Slade of Layton, Utah, should have been driving the car, but they were unaware of his whereabouts.  Troopers coordinated with family members to look at Samuel’s potential locations. Although they were unable to contact him, after conversations with the family, it was determined that the driver could have been at an acquaintance’s residence.  At this time, Troopers returned to their patrol duties.

Later that morning, family members again contacted law enforcement, concerned that the driver had not returned home. Once again, Troopers assisted in searching the probable locations for the driver.  A short time later, the body of 19 yr old male Samuel Slade was discovered by family members within one-half mile of the crash site. An investigation into the crash and death of the driver is currently ongoing. UHP is conducting the crash investigation alongside the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office, which is handling the death investigation. We extend our deepest condolences to the Slade family for their loss. 



Hillary Koellner
Director of Public Affairs
Department of Public Safety


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